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Neil Gits A Surprise Call Up !

20th June 2015
Posted by Neil Matthew

Word is clearly spreading ! After being asked to cover a Soul Night in Westcliff a few weeks ago at really short notice, this week I received another late call to help out and bring my 70s & 80s Soul Jazz-Funk & Disco collection to Leigh-On-Sea for an airing which will take place this evening (Saturday) – right after the repeat of my show ! The venue is Ye Olde Smack Inn in the historic old High Street, where I am sure we have all spent many a summer evening chilling alongside the fishing boats, and I will be there from 8.30 – 11.30pm with a couple of boxes of CDs crammed with the good stuff to share with you.

But before that you need to do those special warm-up exercises for your ears and feet by tuning in to Gateway 97.8FM or listening online right here via the website from 5-7pm and enjoy this week’s fabulous “Old Gits Soul Show” one more time … 😉

The Tunes

Gonzalez – Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet
Sherrick – Let’s Be Lovers Tonight
Barry White – You See The Trouble With Me
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing
Rose Royce – Best Love
Fatback – Is This The Future
Luther Vandross – Evergreen
Cameo – I’ve Got Your Image
Lew Kirton – Don’t Give Up Your Dream (Hang On In There)
Skipworth & Turner – Thinking About Your Love
Double Exposure – My Love Is Free
Tyrone Davis – Turning Point
Blackbyrds – Gut Level
Chanson – Dont Hold Back (DJ Disco Cat Disco Purrfection Mix)
Stone – Time
Diplomats Of Soul feat Incognito & Imaani – Brighter Tomorrow
Teddy Pendergrass – Come Go With Me
Shaun Escoffery – Perfect Love Affair
Wade Flemons – That Other Place
Bob & Earl – Harlem Shuffle
Edwin Birdsong – Cola Bottle Baby
Jean Jacques Perrey – E.V.A.

The Gigs

Saturday 20th June
“The Old Gits Soul Night”
Ye Olde Smack Inn, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 2EN
“Soul Jazz-Funk & Disco from the 70s 80s & beyond….”
DJ: Neil Matthew
8.30 – 11.30pm ; Free Entry

Saturday 20th June
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta plus guest DJ
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 20th June
“Soulful Seduction”
Traitors Gate, Broadway, Grays
DJs: MJ & Bully
9pm start

Saturday 20th June
“Soul By The Jetty – June Special” – ALMOST SOLD OUT !
The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
DJs: Jonny Layton & Brian Kelly
Guests: Ian Holmes & Grumpy Brown
“Soul Funk Jazz & More…”
8pm – 1am ; Wristband entry only – see below :

Friday 26th June (TBC)
(Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
“The Best In Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves & Weekender Anthems”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
8pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry before 11pm ; £5 after

Saturday 27th June
“The Ultimate Motown Night”
Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
DJ: John Watson plus Harry Cambridge singing live !
7.30pm – 1am ; Tickets £17.50 inc finger buffet
Tel (01702) 351135

Sunday 28th June
“Sunday Harbour Soul II”
Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN
DJs: Micky B, Jay Anderson & guest Terry Matthews
4pm – 9pm ; Tel (01843) 585008
Friday 3rd July (TBC)
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Bully & Merv & Guest DJ
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Tel (01268) 775100
“Old skool soul, jazz funk, disco and club anthems”

Friday 3rd July (TBC)
“Soulgood VIP”
Club Amber, Cheshunt FC, Theobalds Lane, EN8 8RU
DJ: Richard Lobban & Guest DJ
“Best In Soul, RnB, Reggae, 80s Disco & Soulful House”
9pm – 2am ; Admission £7
Tel: (07956)363131

Saturday 4th July
“Soul Music For Tracy”
Park Inn Hotel, Church Road, Southend-On-Sea, SS1 2AL
“Charity Soul Night In Aid Of Tracy Ralph” (See links below)
DJs: Jon Jules, Brian Kelly, Mick Jackson, David Bishop
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £15

Thursday 9th July
(Every Second Thursday)
“Behind The Groove”
Bar Du Vin, East Street, Bromley, BR1 1QU
DJ: James O’Reilly & guests
“Soul, Disco, Jazz-Funk, Rare Groove, Philly & Motown”
Free Entry ; 7.30pm – Midnight

Friday 10th July
(Every 2nd Friday of the month)
“Back To The Old Skool”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Hip Hop, R’n’B & Club Anthems”
DJ: Bully (plus other DJs on rotation on other Fridays
Inc: MJ, Jon Jules & Mikey Porter)
Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am ;

Saturday 11th July (Also on 1st August)
“Soulfunky Berwick Manor Reunion”
The Manor Hotel & Restaurant, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, RM13 9EL
DJs: Gary Dennis, Pete Collins, Steve Maxwell, Sam Green & Shaggy (Andy)
“Two rooms of music – Over 30s only”
7pm – 1.30am ; Wristbands £7

Saturday 11th July
(Every Second Saturday)
“Soul By The Sea”
Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar & Pete Hayes & guest Lee Aitch
Free Admission – 7.40pm – Late

Friday 17th July
(every third Friday)
“Soulful Seduction ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Soulful tracks from the 70s 80s & 90s plus Nu Soul & more !”
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ
8.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Over 30s – Smart Dress – Arrive Early !!

Friday 17th July
“Soul Kitchen”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Rare Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Paul Bain, Tracey Shaw plus guests
Tommy Gunn & Julie Lambert
7.30 – 1.30 am ; Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Friday 17th July – Sunday 19th July
“Brentwood Festival”
The Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood
Live Acts Include:
Billy Ocean, Sister Sledge, Alexander O’Neal & Jocelyn Brown
Day passes £25 ; Under 10s go free !
More details at

Friday 31st July
“The Old Soul Roadshow”
Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea
“Funk, Soul, Boogie,Disco & Motown – 60s to date”
Street food available on the night
Tel: (01702)351135

Saturday 15th August
“Soulful Seduction All-Dayer”
The Woodmans, Thundersley, SS7 3TA
“Soul, Funk, RnB, Old Skool, Jazz-Funk, Soulful House, Hip Hop”
DJs: Bully, MJ, Merve The Swerve, Paul Kidley,
Les Knott & Simon Van Os
1pm – 1am ; Wristbands £5

Friday 28th August
“5 Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
“Two Rooms Of Jazz Funk & Soul”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,
Mark Lee Homer, Jon Ovel & Les Knott
Special Guest: Pete Collins
7.30pm – 2.00am ; Over 30s ;
Tickets £15 – Tel : (01375)891402


Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender 3
Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th July
Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Havant Road, Hayling Island
“Two rooms of tunes plus 24 hour live radio”
*Headline Act : Glenn Jones LIVE !*
Margate Soul Weekend
Friday July 31st – Sunday August 2nd
Headline act : Roy Ayers – Live !
DJs include: Norman Jay, Joey Negro, Bob Jones,
Pete Collins, Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez & many more
Full details at : and …

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Soul City”
George II Function Suite, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“70s 80s & 90s classic & commercial soul”
DJ: Peter Poyton plus guests each week
Free Entry ; Over 30s Night ; 8pm – 2am;

“Marco’s Soul Family”
Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ
DJs/Singers : Simon “Whistles” Ford , Georgie B , The Bushbaby , Reggie & Famous on rotation – see Facebook for this week’s event …

“Soul Night”
The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH
“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco, 80s & 90s House Classics”
DJ: Soul-DJ Essex
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry
(Venue also has an “80s & 90s soul party” night on Saturdays)

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh – next : 3rd July
Second Friday: Soul & Club Anthems Special – Bar Zero, Billericay – next 10th July
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 17th July
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay – next 11th July
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 20th June
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Reids Bar, Billericay – next 26th June

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2015 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ or a punter and I can spread the word to fellow “Old Gits” in this space !

E-mail: [email protected] or send a text message to (01268)833978
The Old Gits Soul Show is on Gateway 97.8 in Basildon & East Thurrock and also around the world via from 7pm – 9pm every Monday – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm